Mars is dying...

Mars is dying...

Not through fault or neglect or wicked reason, not even because of the Gods; though some would say this is so. Mars is dying because it is old.

For time beyond count, our world has floated with the orb of the sun god, basking in the everwarmth that it provides, the Martian brothers sailing around giving constant company.

The Ancients warned the death of Mars might be so. Long, long ago; before the Storm. It is said the Storm lasted for an age or more: I for one, do not believe this to be true even though the clan elders warn me against foolish words.

There are still some Ancient writings in the deep deserts for those who wish to learn and are willing to brave sandstorms and the creatures that live there. Most of our knowledge from before the Storm comes from stories told around the clan fires, told again and again, embellished ever so lightly with each clan teller so who knows what is true and what is not.

With each storm season, the Ancient houses and temples disappear and reappear so fast that is easy to loose them completely, Gods know how large their cites were or what final secrets they contain. Three whole clans have been lost searching for the chief city with no sign or call from them these long years past.

But now we have new troubles and concerns. The Earthers have come to Mars: to steal and pillage what they can and to take it away to their blue world. Curse them to the Gods! They have no right, no honour and no need to be here. Like parasites they come here destroying whatever they touch and leaving mayhem in their wake.

They must be sent back across the sky ocean to their blue world.

They must be stopped.

It must happen now!

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Assault on the AJCME AAR

The camp was set up and a section of the Anglo-Japanese Commission for Martian Expansion was exploring some newly discovered Martian ruins.

Quite literally out of nowhere, a Sky Martian clan burst from cover and charged the encampment. The loyal Aak Naks rushed to the defences but were soon beaten off. The Japanese units were pinned down behind their emplacements by unseen foes.

The small Japanese force, having seemed to have defeated the unseen forces turned to face the Sky Martians and gave them withering fire. The steam walker also joined in the fire after having a shakey start up.

Another force of Aak Naks come to join the frey; the most disturbing thing was not knowing where they came from or who they were fighting for.

The enemy Aak Naks take the fight to the Japanese and resoundingly beat them.

Meanwhile, the Sky Martians rally after taking a beating from the Japanese and charge back over the sandbags to assault the walker and subsequently defeat it and the pilot.

With assistance from an unknown quarter the small expedition is beaten but the attackers flee before reinforcements can arrive and surprisingly steam tech and supplies were left behind...

Strange events indeed. Who is this new foe and why did they leave when they did?

Diary of Archibald Harris-Hampton...

These are worrying times for the British and their Japanese allies when the vast majority of expeditions seemingly to have been targeted in the past few months with no apparent reason. Is there something going on behind the scenes?

Game was played using the Rifles and Spears variant of M+T with suitable VSF alterations by us. Thanks again to Happy Wanderer!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Assault on the AJCME - A Red Planet Adventure

North West Frontier, Mars 4th August 1891.The Offices of the London Illustrated News Overseas Reporting Team.

Once again, your special Aether Correspondent, Archibald Harris-Hampton has witnessed yet more exciting occurrences on the Red Planet when the Anglo-Japanese Commission for Martian Expansion was attacked by an, as yet unidentified, commercial force...

What could this possibly mean for events on Mars now!